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PBS at TCA Day Two: Everything Non Downton

It’s probably a good thing PBS took the entire weekend, since Day One was really All About Downton Abbey.

So without further ado, here are the other things of note PBS is doing this coming season that aren’t Downton Abbey.

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American Idol at the TCAs

The TCA American Idol panel was yesterday, and here’s a quick round up of the things that matter.

Most importantly: having seen a quaaluded Carson Daly, and a tone-deaf Steve Jones, Idol producers are doing everything in their power (short of paying him $17million a year) to keep Ryan Seacrest on as their host.

Ryan Seacrest wants to come back to Idol.  “I love this television show. I can’t imagine life without American Idol,” he says.  The producers want him back. “Our expectation is that Ryan will stay with the show, ” says Mike Darnell, “I think everyone has come to realize the value of Ryan Seacrest. It’s very hard to imagine [American Idol] without Ryan. We certainly want to keep him,” Ryan would not comment on the Today Show rumors.

Seacrest says that the trick for him is listening and paying attention to everything happening on the stage. And how does he juggle all of those balls? “I like to juggle balls,” Seacrest says. He’s balancing, radio, television and production, but we wanted to know what he balances on “Idol.” The things he balances on “Idol” are the judges, the contestants and “the cadences of the show.” “He’s amazing at what he does and he doesn’t get enough credit for it,” J-Lo says.

Ok, that settles it. The Voice and The XFactor need to hire Seacrest to run a bootcamp and train Daly and Jones in the proper way to Host their Shows. Period.

What has the reaction been in the rock community to Steven Tyler doing it? “It wasn’t really accepted up front, I must admit, mostly from my own bandmates,” Tyler says. But he says that it’s become even harder for him to go places. He also says that “Idol” helped boost Aerosmith sales 260 percent last year. And the band is working on a new album.

Considering that the only people willing to be seen on stage with Tyler in that past year (outside of jobbers) have been Alice Cooper and Weird Al, we’ll see how true that is.

Jimmy Iovine *will* be back this season to do whatever it is that he did last season.

Hopefully he’ll do more of the real talk, and less of the forcing contestants not to take risks, but instead stay in the Predetermined Idol Genre Boxes.

After the jump, everyone is very polite about XFactor, but when it comes to The Voice? Eh…not so much.

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TCA Press Tour: Torchwood

Unsurprisingly, STARZ is not so thrilled about Torchwood’s failure to attract new subscribers.

Before stepping before reporters at TV critics tour, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told EW he doesn’t envision the cult favorite as an annual event. The show’s 10-episode order was a large and unusual commitment for Torchwood partner BBC, he pointed out, and he hinged the pickup more on whether creator Russell T Davies comes up with a great new idea that can work for both partners. “Torchwood is not one of the show we went into thinking about a yearly return,” Albrecht said moments later to critics. “It’s about Russell T Davies … he has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will effect the future of Torchwood.”

I’m not really sure what STARZ thought they were doing here. Getting a cult show and hoping it forces people to buy your mostly redundant over-priced set of channels is an outdated model that hasn’t been in place since Sex and the City and The Sopranos went off the air. HBO can take chances with shows like Game of Thrones because they established themselves back when that model worked.

If anything, STARZ should have used this to promote the STARZ -Streaming feature on Netflix, which is the real future of these subscriber channels. (They also should have made all the episodes on-demand instead of just the first one, so that people could be lured in anytime during the ten week run.)

As much as I enjoy Torchwood, I think I’ll be ok with this being its final bow. Otherwise it really does risk going from Dr Who Does X-Files to Dr Who Does 24.